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OU astronomers make new discoveries about ice structure in space

OU researchers are part of a team who have just published a paper in Nature which describes new findings about the structure of ice in space.

8th July 2024
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Encouraging response to OU call for external Open Societal Challenges

The Open University has received a very encouraging response to its call for entries from UK charities and Milton Keynes businesses to take part in the Open Societal Challenges ‘Challenge Us!’ competition.

5th July 2024
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Why we need to design technology for and with animals

In her inaugural lecture on 20 June 2024, Clara Mancini, Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, presented her research journey in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction, shared with colleagues from across the world, to develop the art and science of designing technology for and with animals.

21st June 2024
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Five minute videos: projects essential for a sustainable future

The Open University’s 'Shaping a sustainable future – the power of Open Research' event exhibition featured some of the University’s research projects which focus on multidisciplinary, challenge and mission-focused research.

14th June 2024
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Researchers find frost on the Solar System’s tallest volcanoes on Mars

Open University researchers are co-leads for instruments which have detected water-based frost at the top of the Olympus Mons volcanoes on Mars – the largest volcanoes in the Solar System.

13th June 2024
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OU hosts the 2024 European Lunar Symposium

The 2024 European Lunar Symposium, which will be hosted by The Open University in Scotland from 16-21 June, will reveal progress in and plans for exploring the Moon.

11th June 2024
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Join Thursday talks with OU PGRs

Every Thursday from 13 June to 4 July 2024, Open University PGRs from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) will give free online talks about their research.

5th June 2024
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Election 2024: polling shows voters don’t believe the tax pledges – here’s how the numbers stack up

The two main parties contesting the UK general election have been unusually cautious on their spending plans, despite urgent calls for more public funding to tackle crises in housing, social care and the environment.

5th June 2024
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OU receives £300k grant to explore legacies of colonialism in Malaysia

The Open University has recently secured almost £300,000 funding from the British Academy for a project that will explore coloniality and precarity engagements amongst urban-poor resilient Malaysian Indian women.

30th May 2024
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Literature review published on the wellbeing and mobility of female doctorate holders

An Open University led research review has identified inequity during the early career period for female doctoral graduates inside and outside academia.

23rd May 2024

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